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A Tote Bag for Your Thoughts

I Love Pad Thai Tote Bag
Many of you have bought Simple Thai Food, and for that I thank you so very much. I hope you’ve found the book useful, and I would love to hear about what you’ve cooked from it. Every time you share with me photos of the dishes that you have made on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook, it makes me so excited and happy. Really, it does.

For those with a copy of Simple Thai Food (either a hard copy or the electronic version), can you please do me a favor? I need your help. I’d like to know what you think about a few things. There are 10 questions that I’d like to send to you. They’re pretty straightforward and shouldn’t take more than 15-20 minutes to answer. But it’s necessary that you have the book, because you won’t be able to answer the questions otherwise. Continue Reading →

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My Holiday Gift Recommendations for Cooks and Bakers

2014 Holiday Cookbook Gifts
I’ll keep my intro short, because I want to direct your attention to the books on this list as quickly as possible. This is a list of books released in 2014 that I’ve bought for myself and felt compelled to buy them for my friends and family as holiday gifts as well.

Anyway, for what it’s worth, here’s the list of my holiday cookbook gift recommendations. Please click on the cover photo of each book in order to be taken to its listing on Amazon. Continue Reading →

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Mon Dipping Sauce (น้ำปลามอญ) by Ong Bunjoon

Mon Dipping Sauce
I recently fell in love with a book. I’m still head over heels as I’m typing this sentence.

Long story short, I popped into a Kinokuniya during a quick layover in Bangkok early this summer in hopes of finding something tiny but texty and thrilling* to read on the 4-hour plane ride I’d catch later that evening. No more than 5 minutes later, I walked out with a copy of Khang Samrap Mon (ข้างสำรับมอญ)**, a pocketbook — still shrink-wrapped — with nothing that appealed to me on a quick glance other than the author’s vaguely familiar name.

Not only was the book devoured in one sitting as planned, it was also constantly by my side as I was hopping from place to place in East and Southeast Asia in the following 3 months. All sorts of brutal acts like double- and triple-underlining, highlighting, dog-earing, excessive exclamation pointing, and ranty, monologic marginal-notating had been committed by me against the poor book. But in the process, I had learned so much about the culture and food of the ethnic Mon in Thailand. Continue Reading →

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